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T(h)ink! Club
Workshops for Makers, Tinkers, Geeks & Artists

Explore. Imagine. Think. Make. Grow!

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Workshops & Classes


Limited places available.

NEXT WORKSHOPS

- Easter Design & Technology Workshop -

April 2017
South London
To book tickets contact us


CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

> Adult classes <
contact us if you would like us to organise a workshop for adults.

> School projects <
HANDS ON CROSS CURRICULAR WORKSHOPS
We tailor our workshops to suit ALL abilities, their content is adapted to each Key Stage and age group.
Our workshops aim to spark critical thinking and creative problem solving in students, and engage young people in investigating scientific phenomena and develop personal aesthetic.
Our workshops offer pupils unforgettable experiences.
If you are interested in us coming to your school to run workshops, do not hesitate to contact us


> Community projects <
HANDS ON CROSS CURRICULAR WORKSHOPS
We tailor our workshops to suit ALL abilities and offer activities for different age groups.
Our community workshops aim to spark critical thinking and creative problem solving in young people, and engage them in an investigation of scientific phenomena and exploration of artistic inspiration.
Our workshops offer young people unforgettable experiences.
If you are interested in us coming to your community setting to run workshops, do not hesitate to contact us


PAST WORKSHOPS

- BRIXTON DESIGN TRAIL: DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY -
Sunday 18th & 25th September 2016
Edmundsbury Community Hall, 171 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FQ
To book tickets for Sunday 18th September, click here
To book tickets for Sunday 25th September, click here
Or just contact us

- SUMMER TECHNOLOGY & ART WORKSHOPS -
8, 15 & 22 August 2015 (Saturday), 2-4pm @ Art4Space studio, Stockwell, London
contact us

- TECHNOLOGY & CRAFT AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB -
for children age 6 to 12 years old
every Thursday, 4.15 and 5.15pm
@ Papa's Park, 10-17 Pulross Rd, London SW9 8AF
£10/ session (January starter price: £7/ session)
starting on 07/01/2016, term time only
Limited spaces available: book online @ think.tinkamel@gmail.com or just contact us

- HALLOWEEN WORKSHOPS!!! -
Saturday 24th October 2015, 2-4pm @ Art4Space studio, Stockwell, London
Saturday 31st October 2015, 2-4pm @ Art4Space studio, Stockwell, London
contact us


BOOKING REQUIREMENTS:

If you’re signing up for one of our workshops or classes, please note that your spot will be reserved and confirmed once you have paid. We will ask you to fill consent forms prior to the program start. To ensure that you receive all program-related correspondence, please contact us.

To participate in these workshops, all students must complete a media/photo consent form and a parent consent form. Please note that your child must be within the age range for the program you are signing up for at the time the program begins. Registrations that fall outside these parameters may be subject to cancellation.


CANCELLATION & REFUND:

A written notice of cancellation is required 48 hours prior to the session start date to receive a full refund. While we will do our best to accommodate customers in extraordinary circumstances, T(h)ink! Club (Tinkamel ltd) will not refund payments for cancellations received less than 48 hours before the session start date.

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About tinkering...

- 25/11/2016 -

What happens when you try to fix the head of a whisk on the body of an old salt shaker?
Well, if you just leave it like that, unless you find a conceptual explanation, your thing is likely to eventually end up in the bin. Especially if a less receptive person comes across it insensitively. Have you learnt something in the making? Have you have had fun? If you can answer Yes! to one of these questions, then all is not lost or in vain.
Now, if you decided to add a few other bits and bobs to your peculiar assemblage, you could call it art! A sculpture.

The area where I leave is bubbly. If you take a stroll around the market, you come across a few little wonder shops crammed with the designs of local artists. A few weeks ago, I found inspiration there. It was not intentional. I am not crazy about (window) shopping. But that day, I just pushed the door and got in. Someone had designed jewellery using the inside of a watch. Eureka! I went home knowing what to do.
I added a little bit of this and that here and there, stripped some wires, fixed a few LEDs and... Ta-dah! The main idea was there. Of course, it needed a bit of tweaking everywhere for the final polishing touch, but it was done.

The moral of the story is not necessarily that one should (window) shop more often to find inspiration, but that inspiration comes from everywhere. But we all know that, don't we? What is interesting here is the role and impact of creative practice. Does creativity help us stay more attuned to inspiration when we come across it? Does it create a need and as a consequence a lust for answers?
That is why I find tinkering so appealing.

From the itinerant tinsmith who mended household utensils to today’s artisan hackers, makers, inventors and designers, tinkering is not new, but the concept has evolved. Yet, I believe it still stems from the same roots: need and ingenuity. It has become a form of art and exploration of unlimited fields. It gives a new meaning and beauty to everyday objects. Finally, it is about finding solutions with what you have available at hand. It is about learning, thinking, discovering, solving and creativity and often, it is fun.

Tinkers can get involve in the large online community of makers and hackers, work for their local community by developing accessible projects that benefit others, such as printing prosthetic 3D hands, as well as work independently. One way or another, the tinker embarks on a voyage of discovery to quench an insatiable curiosity and a yearning for answers.



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